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October 27, 2010 8:24:55 PM

Hello,
I bought a new HDD (500G) and my old one is 160G. I'm not sure what I should do; keep the OS on the old drive and move all the data files to the new drive or vise versa? I have never did Any of the above before so any suggestions would be greatly appriciated!

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October 27, 2010 9:30:25 PM

I personally would image the drive so the 500GB will become your main drive and the 160GB will become a backup drive for your important data files.

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October 28, 2010 9:35:23 PM

This kind of depends on how you use your computer.

I'd suggest keeping the OS installed on the 160GB drive and use the 500GB drive for all of your data. You can also configure your OS so that the page file is on the data drive instead of the OS drive. If you're short on RAM this can help boost performance. If you're just using your computer for email and web browsing, you won't see a significant boost.

More than likely both drives are 7,200 RPM. If they weren't, you'd probably know. But if your current 160GB drive is 4,800 RPM, then there would be a noticeable difference in putting your OS on the new drive.
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October 28, 2010 10:54:35 PM

I agree with Ruggerdawg, out the OS in the faster drive, if both are the same speed, use the 160 GB for the OS and progs that you use often and leave the other one for storage space
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